For those in the know the Port Morris/Mott Haven section of the South Bronx is one of NYC's new-ish up and coming neighborhoods. Now, to some people that means using the venomous "G" word (psssssssst... it's G E N T R I F I C A T I O N) but in my own personal opinion, and as a life long New Yorker who has lived in crap neighborhoods that have improved over time, I can't front: I absolutely love it when older, run down, abandoned or forgotten neighborhoods get revitalized. It's funny to hear people go on and on about Brooklyn when in reality they don't mean the whole borough. They, more often than not, are speaking about the Williamsburg section with its row of hipster friendly restaurants and industrial aesthetics. Now why did developers flock there over the years? A quick search can point you to dozens and dozens of articles about how rough that section of BK used to be. And boy, was it rough with its crime riddled streets letting it to being labeled one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York. But the simplified version of that answer is also more than likely the truest reason: It's near to Manhattan and it's by the water. Which is EXACTLY one of the (many) reasons developers are flocking to Port Morris. You can walk over the Willis Ave Bridge and be in Manhattan in less than 5 minutes or jump right on the Bruckner and speed off to wherever you want (oh my god go to City Island...the seafood there!) The South Bronx was once connected to the phrase "The Bronx is Burning," now the waterfront neighborhood is thriving with new restaurants, bars, lofts, galleries, etc.
One of those restaurants is Ceetay Asian Fusion which was opened up in 2012 by Amir Chayon, which serves dishes such as pad thai, fried rice, funky sushi rolls, chicken tikka masala among many other awesome options. As soon as you walk in you'll notice the small space which makes it ideal for date night. A small bar is to your right where you're more than welcome to have your meal at and to your left are a few tables to get your food on. The interior is awesome. They've got fairy lights inside of mason jars hanging right above you which I'm pretty sure were put up to let hipsters know, "Hey, it's okay, your kind is welcome. These are for you," and they've got walls adorned with faux newspaper. As for the food? Well, simply put it's absolutely FANTASTIC. They have an amazing item on their menu called the Forbidden Roll that comes with black rice, wagyu beef teriyaki, asparagus, and king mushroom which just blew me away. The sushi here is unsurprisingly fresh and incredibly delicious. The "unsurprisingly" part comes from the fact that their supplier happens to be one of their next door neighbors, the second biggest fish market on Earth, the Fulton Fish Market. To say that you'll find nothing but quality sushi here is a bit of an understatement. Along with good food you've got a great selection of sake cocktails to choose from along with your more general type of alcohol and the service is incredibly friendly. I highly recommend this place to any sushi lover and/or foodie (especially the snobby ones...you know who you are).